Mike Figgis Quotes
21 quotations by Mike Figgis
|You make sure that there's a structure that's interesting for them to play on top of, then do temp versions and try it on the film. By the time the players come to the recording session, I've found what works. So I'm not wasting their time.
|You can do really slow movements with it, like zooming in for a minute and a half. The audience isn't aware that the camera has moved, but there's subconscious tension there.
|What I'm interested in is tone, and the ability to articulate in a very minimal way. That's the sign of a mature musician, and that's what I look for.
|There's nothing I've done which I'm ashamed of or I thought was actually bad.
|There's a sadness to the human condition that I think music is good for. It gives a counterpoint to the visual beauty, and adds depth to pictures that they wouldn't have if the music wasn't there.
|The world is an infinitely fascinating, tragic and humorous place.
|The power of sound to put an audience in a certain psychological state is vastly undervalued. And the more you know about music and harmony, the more you can do with that.
|One of the things I love about cinema is the range.
|It's difficult working with very rich actors, because inevitably they become a little spoilt, and the managers and agents tend to control things more than is healthy.
|In discussing the process with the actors, I made it clear to them that they could improvise but that the sum total of their improvisation needed to impart certain plot points, and schematic material.
|I've spent my life hearing people trying to apologize for music.
|I've held onto little musical sketches that I thought could be useful, and the more time that I spend doing them for each film, then the more I have to draw on.
|I'm a huge fan of world cinema, because each country uses cinema in a very individual way.
|I would certainly say that films like Time Code and the Loss of Sexual Innocence were far more rewarding to me in terms of being able to move forward as a filmmaker.
|I want the score to have a really big voice.
|I play piano and trumpet. I studied classical guitar.
|I might have a guitar or a piano on set to play something for the actors.
|I like to work my camera as if it were a musical instrument.
|Films take up so much time, and with theatre, you do have to plan a period of time that you can be free.
|Each film is different. Time Code was very quick - a matter of months. Miss Julie has been on my shelf as a script for some seven or eight years. But then the shooting process was very quick - 16 days.
|But I don't have such a strong desire to need to get away from filmmaking.